Ever want to learn piano without paying for weekly lessons? Or are you a huge Guitar Hero fan but really like the piano more than the guitar? Well if you answered yes to either of those questions the developers at Yudo have just the game for you.
Piano Man is a play along piano game that really makes you hit the correct note at the correct time. There are two dozen composers, including Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, each with numerous songs to choose from. Beethoven’s 5th, Moonlight Sonata, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star are just a few of the many songs to available.
Piano Man’s graphics are very good, but this is a music game. The gameplay graphics take the shape of most play along music games, where you have a moving timeline where the “notes” move towards you and you have to tap the appropriate key. To help you out, as the note approaches the keyboard, the upcoming key will be highlighted in red.
The game’s audio is obviously the highlight and reason for the game. So don’t expect awesome phaser sounds or anything like that (Editor’s note: I would love to play the piano with sci-fi phasers). Piano is all you’re going to get, but with this game, that’s all you’re going to need.
The controls are tap based. After you choose a song, a keyboard and timeline takes over the screen. Watch for the notes as they approach the keyboard, when the notes touch the keys, tap the key associated with the note.
If you are someone who wants to get into the piano, or knows how to play and wants a mobile keyboard to show off, then Piano Man is for you. With that said, I’m not sure how your new found Piano Man training will translate to a real piano, especially for $6.99. But this isn’t a bad way to learn the keys to lots of classic songs and have some fun while doing it.
Overall Value for it’s $6.99 price point
Overall Value: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Graphics: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Sound: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Controls: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars